Acevo head Sir Stephen Bubb to chair steering group on learning disabilities care provision

Bubb is appointed by NHS England to lead the group, which also includes the chief executives of Mencap and the National Autistic Society

Sir Stephen Bubb
Sir Stephen Bubb

Sir Stephen Bubb, head of the charity chief executives body Acevo, has been appointed by NHS England to chair a steering group to develop a new national guide on care for people with learning disabilities.

Bubb, who will fill the position alongside his normal Acevo duties, will lead a group with objectives that include developing funding models for new services, identifying potential sources of social investment and creating models for local implementation to meet the needs of people with learning disabilities and autism.

The steering group will include the chief executives of charities working in these areas, including Jan Tregelles of Mencap, Robert Longley-Cook of HFT, Mark Lever of the National Autistic Society and Su Sayer of United Response.

Bubb said that the government had made a "brave pledge" to improve the quality of care for people with learning disabilities after the revelations about abuse suffered by residents at the Winterbourne View private hospital in Gloucestershire.

"While I am delighted that Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, has asked me to help create a plan to support the government in meeting that pledge, I am also determined to bring the experience and strength of the third sector to help transform care for people with learning disabilities," said Bubb.

"Co-commissioning with charities and social enterprises in this way is unprecedented in the NHS and offers new solutions to these problems. I believe that the third sector will bring the innovation required to create a sustainable national framework, locally delivered."

Bubb was released from his Acevo role for two months in 2011 to play a leading role in the government’s "listening exercise" on NHS modernisation.

The new group is expected to produce its final report by the end of October.

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